Father’s Day 2019: Best gifts for the watch-loving dad

Father’s Day 2019: Best gifts for the watch-loving dad

What Men Want

Text: Celine Yap

Some of these are really hard to score, but remember, fortune favours the bold

Whether he'll admit it or not, every man wants a beautiful watch. Fathers, even more so. Yes, in spite of his milquetoast get-up consisting of an over-washed polo shirt, shapeless slacks and those irritating wear-everywhere dad shoes, your old man would really really appreciate a slick luxury timepiece.

And what do you know? Maybe he was really cool until you came along. Maybe he traded a sexy two-door sports car for a family-friendly station wagon because of you guys. Maybe he wore skinny jeans and expensive shirts all the time but gave them up in the name of fatherhood. So perhaps it's time you showed him the love and respect he deserves by enduring more of those dad jokes and prepared a little something extra special this Father's Day?

This Rolex Daytona is the most sought after sport model of them all

Beyond any doubt, the number one brand in his mind is Rolex. And if he's not a hundred years old, then the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is his Holy Grail. This watch is so hard to get that waiting list is said to be 10 years long.

The jubilee bracelet might seem strange at first but it definitely grows on you

Another superhot model that no man can resist is the recently released Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II. Specifically, the two references nicknamed Pepsi and Batman, and both delivered on a Rolex jubilee bracelet. Also near impossible to get, but if you somehow manage to score a piece, well, guess who's going to be daddy-o's official favourite?

Patek Philippe's legendary Nautilus Ref. 5711

Patek Philippe is a safe bet as well. But the hottest model that everyone wants is the notoriously elusive Nautilus Ref. 5711 in stainless steel.

Ref. 5205G Annual Calendar

Failing which, a classic gold Patek Philippe complication such as the annual calendar or a chronograph would do very nicely. They are expensive, no doubt about that, but they'll eventually be yours anyway, no?



A Richard Mille watch arguably isn't for everyone but the truth is, all men wish they owned one, even if it's just for shock value. They are nowhere near classical in appearance but the sight of one on the wrist suggests a bank account as big as the balls required to wear these hyper-aggressive babies.

One of luxury watchmaking's Big Three, Audemars Piguet is never forgotten especially among the watch savvy. Its legendary model, the Royal Oak, isn't exactly rare since there are numerous iterations but the classic stainless steel 39mm Jumbo Extra Thin Ref. 15202 is fairly hard to get.

Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra Plat Squelette 5395

This is a 2019 launch and features the very best of Breguet: Hand-guilloche, a skeletonised ultra-thin high complication, a solid gold movement, and the beautiful Breguet Classique case. For many, it's love at first sight.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda features beautifully aged hour markers

An ode to the diving watches of the 1960s, this robust tool watch is among the latest to emerge from heritage-rich Blancpain. Faithfully reproduced but upgraded with modern materials, it will definitely stir up some good memories.

There are only 6,969 of this Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary

We weren't born yet in 1969 but that was the year our parents witnessed the Apollo 11 moon landing on their TV screens. This limited edition Speedy commemorates that momentous event with impeccable style.

Panerai Luminor Marina PAM1058 was just launched in May 2019

The Panerai Luminor is an unforgettable watch and if Pops still hasn't checked it off his to-get list, then the new Luminor Marina PAM1058 might be The One. Its blue dial with ecru indexes offers a distinguished appearance while the bracelet makes it pretty special as well, since most Panerais are worn on straps.

The elegant man wears a Cartier. But which Cartier? Perhaps the new Santos Dumont might do the trick. This model proffers a refined case with the familiar square shaped bezel with exposed screws. Compared to the Santos de Cartier, which is also very elegant, this piece has a more "technical" aesthetic.

Breitling Premier 01 Chronograph 42 Bentley Centenary Limited Edition

If your father drives a Bentley, this is completely self-explanatory. But even if he doesn't, that don't mean he can't appreciate those slick touches in this special edition Breitling chronograph. Just look at that brown elm burl dial and Bentley inspired embossed leather strap. Who's going to say no to that?